This date wasn’t one of the Mets’ most shining moments in their history, but it was memorable nonetheless when Philadelphia’s Jim Bunning tossed a perfect game at Shea Stadium on Father’s Day, 1964, winning 6-0.
Tracy Stallard, the pitcher who served up Roger Maris’ 61st homer three years earlier, was the losing pitcher for the Mets.
Pinch-hitter John Stephenson struck out to end the game. It was Bunning’s 10th strikeout.
Lost on that day was in the second game of the doubleheader, Rick Wise beat the Mets on a three-hitter, 8-2.
Bunning, a Hall of Famer and nine-time All-Star, also pitched for Detroit, Pittsburgh, Los Angeles.
Bunning also threw a no-hitter for Detroit, July 20, 1958, over Boston. When he retired after the 1971 season following a second stint with the Phillies, he had 2,855 strikeouts, second on the career list at the time behind Walter Johnson.
Bunning is also the answer to a trivia question, as he was the only pitcher to strike out Ted Williams three times in a single game.
After has retirement, Bunning served as a state senator for Kentucky.
If anybody has any memories of that day, please share them.